Elaina Koltz holding the flag at Lambeau Field

Elaina Koltz named as Regents’ 2019 Academic Staff Excellence award-winner

Congratulations to Elaina Koltz ’06 (Human Development), selected to receive the Regents’ 2019 Academic Staff Excellence Award, as announced this week. Koltz is a financial aid advisor and Veteran Services coordinator for UW-Green Bay.

The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents will honor this year’s recipients of the Academic Staff Excellence Awards in Milwaukee on June 7. These awards recognize exceptional service to the university and are the UW System’s highest recognition bestowed on members of its academic staff.

Elaina Koltz
Elaina Koltz

“This year’s award recipients reflect the high caliber of our academic staff across the UW System,” said Regent Janice Mueller, chair of the selection committee. “We are delighted to recognize their wide-ranging and significant accomplishments as they work to support student success and strengthen their institutions and communities.”

Award recipients are selected for superior performance resulting in significant contributions to the department and institution; use of positive personal interaction to manage work changes; and a consistently creative approach that improves productivity and work quality. Each recipient is awarded $5,000.

Koltz is widely respected for her knowledge of complex student veteran education benefits and her dedication to helping students succeed. In 2002, she became UW-Green Bay’s school certifying official, the liaison between the university’s students and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. As the financial aid advisor for Veteran Services, she assists the growing population of student veterans at UW-Green Bay.

She has helped the University expand its programming, including forming and leading the Veterans Support Team, a campus-wide group that assists the more than 500 student veterans and dependents who use veteran education benefits. She helped implement a Veteran and Service Member Student Lounge where veterans can find resources and build relationships to support each other. The lounge is the site of a monthly Veteran Open House featuring community resources for veterans. As advisor for the university’s Vets 4 Vets Student Veteran Club, Koltz assists with programs in which the group is involved, such as the City Stadium Run for Veterans and the Northeast Wisconsin Veterans Treatment Court. She is president of the Northeast Wisconsin (NEW) Battalion Bravo Company, which helps connect veterans with community resources. She is currently working to bring to UW-Green Bay the Vet Success on Campus program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, which would be the second such program in Wisconsin.

For information on the other recipients, see the UW System press release.

Top 10 UW-Green Bay news stories of 2018

Thank you to our readers for another great year. UW-Green Bay news editors are grateful to the UW-Green Bay community for reading and sharing UW-Green Bay news. Take a look back at top headlines of 2018 (based on web analytics).

1. Commencement Speaker Xiong tells graduates, ‘Create your own paj ntaub story’

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Tears of pride and joy, for her family, her Hmong heritage, her UW-Green Bay family, flowed freely as graduate Bao Nhia Xiong ’18 spoke at the UW-Green Bay Spring Commencement ceremony at the Kress Events Center, Saturday, May 12, 2018. She was chosen to speak on behalf of her graduating class by UW-Green Bay faculty.

Comparing the student journey to a paj ntaub story — the Hmong art of adding intricate embroidery to traditional Hmong clothing — Xiong encouraged her fellow students to hold onto three distinct threads as they create their own paj ntaub: Family, university community and the spirit of giving back. See more.

2. UW-Green Bay offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing starting in 2020

The University received approval from the UW Board of Regents August 24, 2018 to move ahead in offering a prelicensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program, paving the way for students to begin in fall 2020. The program will expand UW-Green Bay’s ability to fulfill unmet student demand for a high-quality BSN degree at an affordable tuition cost. See more.

3. UW-Green Bay names leaders at Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan campuses

Provost Greg Davis announced Friday, July 20, 2018 the new leaders of the branch campuses — Cindy Bailey at Marinette, Rachele Bacik at Manitowoc and Jennifer Williamson-Mendez at Sheboygan. See more.

4. UW-Green Bay Mechanical Engineering gets the green light

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UW-Green Bay’s efforts to establish an in-region resource for developing highly needed mechanical engineering talent in Northeast Wisconsin took a gigantic step forward Feb. 9, 2018 with the UW System Board of Regents approving the University’s request to offer the new program on its campus. UW-Green Bay began accepting freshmen into the program in Fall 2018. See more.

5. ‘Future 15’ members have UW-Green Bay ties

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Out of the thousands of young professionals in the Greater Green Bay area, hundreds are nominated and 15 are highlighted to represent their peers. They are selected because they have the potential to lead their communities, their places of work, their families. They are Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce’s Current Young Professionals Future 15. More impressive, three of the 15 chosen this year are employees of UW-Green Bay and four are UW-Green Bay alumni. See more.

6. UW-Green Bay alumna provides purrrfect comfort, delicious drinks and cat cuddles

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Imagine relaxing in a comfortable chair after a long day. Sipping a delicious beverage and taking in the calm atmosphere around you as you nuzzle a warm, furry feline purring on your lap. The Safe Haven Pet Sanctuary and Cat Café, owned by UW-Green Bay alumna Elizabeth Feldhausen ‘15, gives the Green Bay community the opportunity to experience it all.

Safe Haven Pet Sanctuary and Cat Café is a non-profit, no-kill, no-cage pet sanctuary that rescues cats with special needs from euthanasia. The Cat Café is the first in the region. The cats are given a home in the Cat Café, a cozy cafe that allows customers to interact with, and be surrounded by cats. According to Feldhausen, the goal of the cafe is to create a psychologically pleasing atmosphere to encourage healing, and to build confidence in cats. See more.

7. UW-Green Bay’s Weidner Center hosts Inaugural TEDx Series in Green Bay

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UW-Green Bay brought its first independently organized TEDx series titled TEDxUW-GreenBay to the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on Nov. 1 2018. The theme was RISING. “We are often faced with barriers and unanticipated challenges,” says TEDxUW-Green Bay organizers. “Rising above challenges is the hallmark of resilience and the pathway to a brighter future. The series featured eight established speakers discussing various topics.” See more.

8. UW-Green Bay footprint grows as it is joined by campuses in Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan

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On July 1, UW-Green Bay, UW-Marinette, UW-Manitowoc and UW-Sheboygan joined together as one university with one mission. The new UW-Green Bay is a four-campus university with a 16-county footprint, 700 ongoing employees and an enrollment of about 7,700 students. See more.

9. UW-Green Bay prepares to roll out State’s first Impact MBA Program

UW-Green Bay received approval on Friday, August 24, 2018, to move ahead with an “Impact MBA” administrated by the University’s Austin E. Cofrin School of Business. An Executive Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree program, the Impact MBA prepares working, experienced professionals to lead their organizations forward through the modern era of accelerating technology, disruptive business landscapes and growing social and environmental opportunities. UW-Green Bay’s program offers a unique approach to business leadership training in the state of Wisconsin. The program will begin in Summer 2019.

10. UW-Green Bay students network with Kohler executive leaders

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On Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, UW-Green Bay students had the opportunity to have lunch at Lambeau Field and network with Kohler executive leaders from across the globe. Twenty-six students participated in the mentoring event, and were given the chance to interact with the executives to learn about career pathways, qualities and skills for success and overall thoughts on the global employment and marketplace. See more.

 

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Join the celebration! Winner of the Governor’s Award is…

Join in the celebration as the UW-Green Bay Archives and Area Research Center is presented with the 2018 Governor’s Award for Archival Innovation by the Wisconsin State Historical Society. This award acknowledges the Archives’ leadership in building flexible instructional programs across the UW-Green Bay undergraduate curriculum. The Archives Department will be recognized for its innovative and extensive work connecting students with historical materials in unique and profound ways. RSVP by October 22.

Wednesday, October 24
4 p.m.

Archives and Area Research Center
David A. Cofrin Library 705
UW-Green Bay 2420 Nicolet Drive, Green Bay, WI 54311

RSVP by October 22

Brief Remarks
Provost Greg Davis
Caroline Boswell
Alison Staudinger

Award Presentation
Wisconsin State Archivist Matt Blessing
2018 Governor’s Award for Archival Innovation

 

Future 15 Trio

Congratulations to UW-Green Bay’s Future 15!

They are the future.

Out of the thousands of young professionals in the Greater Green Bay area, hundreds are nominated and 15 are highlighted to represent their peers. They are selected because they have the potential to lead their communities, their places of work, their families. They are Greater Green Bay Chamber’s Current Young Professionals Future 15. More impressive, three of the 15 are employees of UW-Green Bay and four are UW-Green Bay graduates.

“The annual event profiles 15 area young professionals who are growing and excelling in their respective fields,” according to the Chamber of Commerce Website. “These individuals are currently influencing the growth, prosperity and quality of life in Brown County and will demonstrate the ability to positively impact the area in the future through professional accomplishments and community involvement.”

The UW-Green Bay employees:

  • Acting Assistant Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Services, Jennifer Jones ’99 (Public Administration)
  •  Senior Advisor, MultiEthnic Student Affairs (MESA), Mai J. Lo Lee
  • Dietetic Internship Director Laura Rowell

The UW-Green Bay alumni:

  • Sarah Beckman ’08, Social Work, Development Director, Greater Green Bay Habitat for Humanity
  • Vanya Koepke ’15, Political Science and Public Administration (Alumni Association Board Member), senior carrier sales executive, Schneider National
  • Miranda Bonde ’10, Psychology (Alumni Association Board Member), financial planner, Laura Mossakowski, LLC Financial Planning for Women and Their Families
  • Jennifer Jones ’99, Public Administration, Acting Assistant Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Services, UW-Green Bay

“I found out on December 22, and wow, what a huge surprise and great first holiday present,” said Rowell, a working mom of three small children. “I remain humble and honored in the small role I play on campus to help shape and form young dietetic professionals. Both the undergraduate and internship program housed in Human Biology play a large role in this honor, as well, because we all work so closely together as a team to accomplish big things for our students and interns!”

Current created the young professional awards in 2007 as a way to honor those that advance its mission by profiling best practices that could be adopted by other local individuals and organizations. Additionally, Current sought to recognize area young professionals in the Greater Green Bay community who are composing noteworthy accomplishments and contributing to the overall quality of life in Greater Green Bay.

“It was great news to hear right before Christmas,” Lo Lee said. “I was able to share with my family. I am honored to be a part of the Future 15 cohort because I love seeing the Green Bay community strive and thrive towards greatness. And I am very honored to be a visible women of color to a Hmong population that is not very visible in these types of professional programs. Lastly, I am very proud to be representing UW-Green Bay.”

They will be honored, and three special awards will be announced — Young Professional of the Year, Young Entrepreneur of the Year and Next Generation Best Place to Work — at the Future 15 Fire & Ice Gala, Thursday, April 26 from 5 to 9 p.m. at Hyatt on Main/KI Convention Center, downtown Green Bay.

Kaye’s commencement address selected for ‘Vital Speeches’

The magazine Vital Speeches of the Day, which bills itself as “a monthly collection of the best speeches in the world,” has notified Prof. Harvey J. Kaye of a rare honor: His December commencement address at UW-Green Bay has been selected for inclusion in their February 2016 edition.  Haven’t yet seen the speech? There’s video online at http://news.uwgb.edu/log-news/news/12/21/video-kaye-commencement-address/

Meanwhile Kaye will be one of two featured speakers for a Wednesday (Jan. 6) event at the FDR Presidential Library in New York marking the 75th anniversary of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “Four Freedoms” address in 1941. Kaye shares word the talk is expected to be taped for rebroadcast on one of the C-Span channels.

On New Year’s Day, Kaye had published an essay and book review at The Daily Beast national news and commentary site titled “Why Democrats Are Ready for Lincoln.” In commenting on the new Holzer and Garfinkle book about Lincoln, A Just and Generous Nation, Kaye suggests that Honest Abe likely would have more in common with Bernie Sanders than today’s hardline Republicans. See http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/01/01/why-democrats-are-ready-for-lincoln.html

Business grad will receive Outstanding Student Award at UW-Green Bay

Emily Blaha of Sturgeon Bay has been chosen the December 2015 recipient of the Outstanding Student Award presented by the UW-Green Bay Alumni Association.

Emily Blaha
Emily Blaha

The Business Administration senior with an emphasis in marketing and a minor in design arts will receive her diploma at UW-Green Bay’s mid-year commencement ceremony scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts.

The Alumni Association, which has been designating a single Outstanding Student Award recipient for each graduating class since 1976, recognized Blaha from among approximately 450 graduating seniors eligible to receive diplomas at December commencement.

A 2012 graduate of Southern Door High School, Blaha will complete her degree requirements on an accelerated, three-and-a-half-year timetable.

Additionally, Blaha will be part of the platform party at commencement as student speaker for the ceremony. She was chosen to deliver remarks on behalf of her class by a committee of UW-Green Bay faculty members and administrators. She was nominated by Management Prof. Lucy Arendt, who describes her as “an exceptional asset to the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business, UW-Green Bay and the greater Green Bay community.”

Through work and paid employment, Blaha has served as a marketing and communication assistant for the University Union, and as marketing coordinator and social media specialist for UWGB’s College of Professional Studies. Her independent study topic was “Managing Culture in a Small Business,” and her senior year placement was a product-strategies internship with Schreiber Foods, Inc., headquartered in Green Bay.

She was one of a dozen standout students appointed an inaugural member of the Cofrin School of Business Student Advisory Board, providing input on curriculum and programming.

Blaha is the recipient of academic merit scholarships and dean’s list honors, and is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi academic honor society. She has been active in a range of programs across campus, including service as advertising manager for The Fourth Estate, the weekly student newspaper. When she increased advertising sales by 20 percent, she was selected to serve as the organization’s business manager.

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Kaye invited to present at FDR Library for 75th anniversary

More prestigious acknowledgment for UW-Green Bay Prof. Harvey Kaye: The Democracy and Justice Studies faculty member has been invited as one of two featured speakers for a Wednesday, Jan. 6, event at the FDR Presidential Library in New York marking the 75th anniversary of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “Four Freedoms” inaugural address in 1940. The program, titled FDR’s Four Freedoms: A Conversation with Alexander Heffner and Harvey Kaye,” will take place at 7 p.m. EST at the Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home, Hyde Park, N.Y. Heffner is a journalist and host of the PBS series “The Open Mind.” Kaye is regarded among the nation’s leading scholars of FDR’s progressive legacy following the publication of his book The Fight for the Four Freedoms: What Made FDR and the Greatest Generation Truly Great. See http://www.fdrlibrary.marist.edu/publicprograms/calendar.html

Hutchison earns Santander Chair at Portugal’s University of Lisbon

Prof. Ray Hutchison of Sociology has been awarded the Cátedra Santander (the Santander Chair) in the Faculdade de Ciéncias Socialis e Humanas, Universidade Nova de Lisboa (the Humanities and Social Sciences at the New University of Lisbon) for the 2016 spring semester.  The New University of Lisbon was founded in 1973 following the collapse of the Estado Novo military regime in the 25 de Abril Carnation revolution, and has a strong tradition of innovative work, including interdisciplinary degree programs and graduate research centers.  His responsibilities will include mentoring a 10-week seminar on urban studies for graduate students and faculty at CICS-NOVA (Centro Interdisciplinar de Ciências Sociais), as well as a series of public lectures on topics such as “The Invention of the American West” and “Utopian Communities in the US” that are often taught in American Studies programs at universities across Europe.  He will also arrange a conference on comparative suburban studies featuring faculty from the Banlieue Network (Paris), Westminster University (London), University of Florence, University of Bologna, and other universities.

UW-Green Bay again earns ‘Military Friendly’ designation

For a seventh consecutive year — making it a perfect seven-for-seven, in fact, since the honor’s origin — UW-Green Bay has been named a “Military Friendly School.” Victory Media, Inc., puts UW-Green Bay among the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools doing the most to embrace America’s service members and veterans as students. Among factors contributing to the University’s top-tier placement in the survey:

— One of the UW System’s highest enrollments of active-duty and veteran students (about 5 percent of total enrollment);
— A strong student organization (the Vets 4 Vets Club);
— Institutional commitment to veterans services, including a dedicated staff position;
— Active programming, service work and outreach efforts (things like Care Packages, thank-you notes, special events);
— A dedicated veterans center on campus (At Ease Lounge in MAC Hall); and
— Demonstrated success in retaining and graduating students who are veterans.